Kale: . . . Nobody mind-controlled me into any of it. Someone scanned for that, once I was in custody. They ruled it out.
And Northwind never threatened me, or my family. Not directly. I can’t use that as an excuse. I knew things would go bad for them if I stepped out of line . . . But mostly, they made things so good for us — I could tell myself that anything they ordered must be good too.
Thorn: . . . and did you believe it? Did Northwind warp your sense of reality that badly? Or did you still know, deep down, that this was horribly wrong?
Kale: . . . if I ever finish unpacking that with my therapist, I’ll let you know. Why? Which version do you think would be worse?